Eurofound's EU PolicyWatch collates information on the responses of government and social partners to the COVID-19 crisis, the war in Ukraine, rising inflation, as well as gathering examples of company practices aimed at mitigating the social and economic impacts.
Factsheet for measure EU-2022-12/2341 – measures in European Union
|Country||European Union , applies eu-wide (or beyond)|
|Time period||Open ended, started on 17 March 2022|
|Context||War in Ukraine|
|Type||Other initiatives or policies|
Measures to prevent social hardship
– Other humanitarian measures
|Author||Barbara Surdykowska and Eurofound|
|Measure added||19 May 2022 (updated 21 June 2022)|
From the very beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the European trade union movement expressed its concern about the devastating effects of the war and the humanitarian disaster it caused. The European Trade Union Confederation, on 1 March 2022, formulated a preliminary position on this matter, which on 17 March 2022 took the form of a comprehensive resolution on, inter alia, expectations of the direction of the EU institutions and member states in response to the war started by Russia.
The ETUC key demands toward EU institutions and Member States are:
|Applies to all workers||Applies to all businesses||Applies to all citizens|
No special funding required
Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:
|Trade unions||Employers' organisations|
|Role||Agreed (outcome) incl. social partner initiative||No involvement|
|Form||Any other form of consultation, institutionalised (as stable working groups or committees) or informal||Not applicable|
Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:
Independent initiative of trade unions.
Trade unions supported their own initiative. Lack of knowledge about the reactions of the employers.
Eurofound (2022), European trade unions' reaction on Russian invasion of Ukraine, measure EU-2022-12/2341 (measures in European Union), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, https://static.eurofound.europa.eu/covid19db/cases/EU-2022-12_2341.html
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